Mark O. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1008) interviewed by Allen M. Siegel and Chaya Roth
- Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1987
- Interview Date
- November 22, 1987.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Mark O. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1008). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Mark O., who was born in Lwów, Poland on July 8, 1941. He relates his parents' stories of German occupation; his premature birth after his mother was beaten by Ukrainians; his father insisting upon a ritual circumcision despite the danger; his family fleeing to Turka in fall 1941; assistance from a German friend; traveling to Lublin with his mother with assistance from a Pole; and moving to Mielec with his parents who had false papers. Mr. O. describes his own memories of an isolated life in an apartment; numerous restrictions; his uncle hiding under the bed; liberation by Soviet troops; their move to Lublin; attending Polish school; learning he was Jewish when he repeated antisemitic remarks to his parents; living in a displaced persons camp near Prague, then in Munich; attending German and Jewish schools; his brother's birth; and their emigration to Israel, then to the United States in 1956. He discusses his sense of loneliness and darkness resulting from the war years; his parents' refusal to discuss this time with him; working with Holocaust survivors as a clinical psychologist; and his son's death at age seventeen which was reminiscent of the Holocaust for his family.